A conservative Presbyterian denomination formed in response to the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s increasing acceptance of homosexuality has reached the milestone of 300 member congregations.
"We are blessed to have each and every church and church member in our ECO family. As we grow, it is our prayer that we continue to be a movement that builds flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ," the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians announced on Tuesday.
The congregations listed as the latest ECO members include: Tacoma Central Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, Washington; Lenoir Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, North Carolina; Waldensian Presbyterian Church of Monett, Missouri; First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, California; Calvary Presbyterian Church of Enfield, Connecticut; and First Presbyterian Church of Towanda, Pennsylvania. more >>
God wants Christians to "get in shape" physically so they can be used for His purposes, says Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren.
In an entry on Warren's Daily Hope devotional on Tuesday titled, "Why God Wants You to Get in Shape," the best-selling author explained that God wants believers to "get in shape," and quotes 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which reads: "Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."
"How do you do that? How do you honor God with your body? Real simple: You take care of it," wrote Warren, adding that more >>
Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini spoke out against mass executions before a Free Iran rally at the U.N. in New York on Tuesday, preaching that God sees all the bloodshed, and He never forgets the cries of the victims.
Abedini said in his speech, posted online, that for the last 40 years in Iran "we have seen that freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech have been abused."
He recounted his three and-a-half years spent in Iranian prison for his Christian faith, and noted that every Wednesday in Rajaeeshar prison, where he was kept, government officials would execute his fellow prisoners. more >>
Many parents dread talking about evils like genocide with their children, but Russell Moore, president of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says it's a subject they must not avoid.
In a podcast posted on his website last week, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recounted how one of his sons asked him if the Holocaust really happened after watching The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a film based on the World War II novel by Irish author John Boyne.
His son was so shaken he wanted to sleep in his parents bedroom that night and was even more disturbed to hear what happened in the Holocaust was much worse than what was depicted in the movie. more >>
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore told The Christian Post in an interview that President Barack Obama is "very receptive" to ideas on prison reform that are being advanced by a coalition of conservative and liberal activists.
The leading ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention attended a meeting last Thursday with President Obama, along with about a dozen others including Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and leaders from both conservative and liberal groups.
"It was pretty evenly divided between people who would be more associated with the right and people who would be more associated with the left," said Moore. more >>
Tony Campolo, a sociology professor at Eastern University and former conservative Christian activist, has said he no longer wants to be labeled an evangelical Christian.
Once the head of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, Campolo told the U.K. publication Premiere that he no longer considers himself an evangelical.
In remarks published by Premiere on Monday, Campolo said he disagrees with many perceptions commonly associated with American evangelicalism. more >>